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How to buy a rural property

May 24, 2017


For city folk stuck in choking traffic or getting outbid at yet another auction, the appeal of country life – with fresh air, wide open spaces and affordable real estate – is strong. But buying into the simple life is anything by straightforward. Whether it’s to make a permanent tree or sea change, a long-term […]

Perth Market Snapshot for the week ending 11 April

April 18, 2017

Buying Market Rentals Selling

Sales activity in Perth declined by seven per cent over the week, with 641 transactions recorded. Listings for saleThe decline in sales can be attributed to a five per cent decrease in house sales and a 35 per cent decrease in vacant land sales. Unit sales experienced a four per cent increase over the week. […]

How social media can help sell your home in days

March 29, 2017

Buying Selling Social Media

In 2015, a real estate agent made an elaborate short film using drones, actors and Facebook to sell a Gold Coast home. It sold in just three days, for $1.6 million. Social platforms – including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and even Pinterest – are used to share the most mundane and trite details of our […]

Tougher home lending conditions not the answer for WA

March 27, 2017

Buying Market

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) and Urban Development Institute of Australia WA Division (UDIA WA) have slammed talk of tightening home lending conditions across the country. REIWA President Hayden Groves said this was a knee-jerk reaction to market conditions on the east coast, in particular the Sydney and Melbourne markets, and did […]

Prices fall as Perth remains a buyer’s market

March 17, 2017

Buying Market Selling

With dwelling values falling, there are plenty of opportunities for buyers in Perth. Picture: Getty Hopes of a new year property market recovery in Perth have been dashed, with new data showing house values across the city dropped in February. The CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index, released on Wednesday, shows dwelling values in Perth decreased […]

Don’t hesitate to make an offer on a property you’re genuinely interested in

February 2, 2017


28 January 2017 Author: REIWA President Hayden Groves It’s quite common for potential buyers, upon learning their “dream home” has sold, to lament not submitting an offer because either, “we thought the owner wouldn’t have accepted it” or “we didn’t have our pre-approval for finance yet.” Moreover, despite their interest in a property, many buyers […]

Q&A: What should your property strategy be in 2017?

January 30, 2017

Buying Market Rentals Selling

Did you make a new year’s resolution?  What are you looking to focus on this year? We spoke to property experts to see which areas buyers, sellers, investors and renters should focus on in 2017. Here are the key issues and areas your property strategy should address. What 5 things should renters focus on? Getting a […]

11 easy Christmas decorating ideas

December 6, 2016

Buying Decorating Design Selling

These simple decorating ideas make a big impact. Christmas is a magical time of year, but sometimes last-minute drinks, over-indulgent meals and frantic gift buying can make the season slightly stressful. Why not take a step back and really enjoy the season for what it should be – a time to get creative and hang […]

Housing affordability improves in Perth

May 12, 2016

Buying Market Selling

07 May 2016 Housing affordability deteriorated in all capital cities across Australia except for Perth in the year to March 2016, according to the latest findings by Moody’s Investor Services. Moody’s Analyst Natsumi Matsuda said Australians paid 27.6 per cent of their income on mortgage repayment in the year to March. “During the 12 months […]

NAB predicts Perth house prices will fall 3 to 5 per cent in 2016 as economy ‘close to recession’

March 18, 2016

Buying Market Rentals Selling

The Perth property market is set to weaken further this year. Story Summary: SUPPLY SURGE: Buyers’ market in Perth real estate NATIONAL OUTLOOK: Property price growth to stall, says NAB   PERTH house prices are likely to fall by three to five per cent this year as the mining-dependent economy teeters on the verge of […]

2016 outlook

January 4, 2016

Buying Market Rentals Selling

Corelogic, a specialist property information service has provided this brief outlook for 2016 As we move into 2016, it is clear that the strong housing market conditions of 2015 have softened over the final months of the year, setting the scene for more sedate conditions in the New Year. Interest rates are likely to remain […]

First appearances count in real estate

December 23, 2015

Buying Decorating Design Marketing Selling

18 August 2015 Author: Brian Greig First appearances count for a lot in real estate, so it’s important your house looks as appealing as possible when trying to sell. Giving your home a facelift doesn’t have to be expensive. In most instances a simple repainting, pruning or minor landscaping is all that is required, but be prepared […]

Median house price slowing across nation

December 14, 2015

Buying Market Rentals Selling

09 December 2015 Median house price growth rates throughout Australia are slowing down, according to the latest data out today by the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). The September quarter data shows that while overall Australia’s housing market continued its growth in the third quarter of 2015, the rate of growth was slower than […]

Slowdown in WA's population growth challenges economy

November 24, 2015

Buying Market Rentals

24 November 2015 A slowdown in Western Australia’s population growth may have significant ramifications for the state’s economic growth and performance of the housing market. In the year to March 2015, Australia’s population growth rate continued to slow from its peak in 2008-09 and is now just below the 20 year average growth rate. WA […]

What's happening in the West?

November 5, 2015

Buying Market Rentals Selling

Preliminary analysis of the latest REIWA quarterly data shows that Perth’s property market is counter-cyclical to the Melbourne and Sydney markets across all sectors throughout the 2015 September quarter. Fremantle in WA   Perth’s moderating housing market presented fantastic opportunities for buyers to secure property at an affordable price with houses and units both posting declines […]

Good looks: the key to a buyer’s heart

July 15, 2015

Buying Decorating Design Marketing Selling

A thought-provoking blog from realestate.com.au, authored by Caroline Bruckner.   Lights, curtains, art! We asked celebrity interior designer, Shaynna Blaze-Vaughan, for her top tips to help prepare your home for its open for inspection. Ten style secrets to a successful sale Secret 1: Paint adds life As the weather warms up, natural light becomes brighter, highlighting imperfections on […]

Should I Buy Before I Sell?

June 30, 2015

Buying Selling

Below is an interesting read, written by Caroline James, featured on realestate.com.au.   It’s a question most homeowners will have lost sleep over: do I sell my existing home before buying its successor, or do I buy my next home and then sell? Almost every home buyer will need or want to move location, upsize […]

How to: Decide whether to Downsize.

June 24, 2015

Buying Selling

Below is an interesting Blog from realestate.com.au, written by Venessa Paech, that I thought might interest you.   How to: Decide whether to downsize by Venessa Paech 01 Mar 2013 If you’re getting older, feeling the need for a change, exhausted by maintaining a large home, or sick of carting all your stuff from place […]

Latest NAB Survey Results - Summary

October 16, 2014

Buying Market Rentals Selling

NAB Residential Property Index unchanged with stronger house price expectations offset by weaker rental prospects. Sentiment continues to soften in WA (an all time low). Big pick-up in foreign buying activity in new property (especially VIC) and tipped to rise further. Foreign buyers account for 1 in 6 new properties nationally (1 in 4 in […]


July 31, 2014

Buying Selling